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Programs

Career opportunities continue to expand in this field, and Bradley’s FCS department has a high job-placement rate. You’ll choose from careers in teaching, businesses related to family and consumer sciences, social services, nutrition and dietetics, retail (fashion) merchandising, and others.

Community Wellness

A major in community wellness is an interdisciplinary, community-focused program that will prepare graduates to develop programs and materials to help individuals and community groups make healthy lifestyle choices. Through an innovative program, students will understand the concept of community wellness, disease prevention, and optimal well-being. A strong background in the natural sciences and a required minor in sociology will equip students to address community wellness issues, including healthcare, social, physiological, psychological, and nutritional health.

Graduates with a B.S. in community wellness will be competitive for jobs in public health: health education, social service agencies, healthcare providers, private and non-profit organizations such as local and state health departments, hospitals, agencies such as the American Red Cross, American Lung Association, and Dairy Council, and other human services groups. Graduates will also be well prepared to enter graduate school in a variety of programs, such as public health and health education.

Dietetics

This Didactic Program in Dietetics provides students with the first step in becoming registered dietitians. Through innovative teaching and unique practice opportunities, students are prepared for application to dietetic internships and entry-level dietitians. The dietetics program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) (120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL, 60606-6995; 800.877.1600)

Dietetic Internship

The Dietetic Internship (DI) program and Bradley University, with a concentration in wellness, offers interns the unique opportunity to deepen their experience in the wellness arena through carefully designed research and crafted rotations in wellness. Successfully completing all requirements of this program qualifies interns to take the RD exam.

General Family & Consumer Science Education

This flexible curriculum is for students who have special interests in areas such as foods and journalism, interior design, or cooperative extension. A faculty advisor will help each student design his or her own program.

Family & Consumer Science Education

The purpose of the program is to prepare graduates for careers in public or private schools throughout the United States. All majors complete education courses, in addition to a semester of student teaching and 38 hours of FCS courses. Those courses include 18 hours of core requirements in one or more of three concentrations including Nutrition, Wellness and Hospitality; Clothing and Textiles and Living Environments. Students in the Family and Consumer Sciences Education program meet Illinois Certification requirements for teaching home economics and family and consumer science courses in high schools. Teacher candidates may also choose to complete a middle school endorsement.

Hospitality Leadership

The Hospitality Leadership degree program (HLP) at Bradley University prepares students for careers in the industry including such options as food service management, lodging, event planning, and tourism.

Retail Merchandising

The purpose of the program is to prepare graduates for careers in the fashion industry as well as other apparel related fields. Students are required to complete a minor in either Marketing or Business Management.